Don BaideDon’s family came to Montana in the early 1800s, making him a fourth generation Montanan. Don’s interest in rocks and gemstone grew as a child, and quickly became his passion. As a trained gemologist and goldsmith, Don takes pride in jewelry design. His fascination with gemstones has taken him all over the world. Before opening the Gem Gallery, in 1994, Don owned and operated his own gemstone import business, Merchants of Interest which later became The Gem Gallery.
Don’s interest in Montana sapphires keeps him busy traveling to the Yogo Sapphire mine, as well as overseas for gemstone cutting. He has taught many classes on Yogo sapphires and the other sapphires in Montana, and is considered a leading authority on these precious gems by many.
Don Baide, Owner with Jessica and Jason Baide
A Bozeman, Montana native, Philip received hisBachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Montana State University. He has since studied the art of stone-setting under Master Goldsmith Blaine Lewis at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia. Philip has been at the bench at The Gem Gallery since 2006 and creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that are custom designed and hand-built. His work focuses on hand fabricated pieces, intricate stone settings, and multi-metal inlays. Philip comes to work with a smile.
With over 20 years experience in metalsmithing, Chris
prides himself on his attention to detail. This meticulous craftsmanship lends itself to each repair and custom design that comes from Chris’s bench. After earning a BFA in Metalsmithing from the Maine College of Art under Tim McCreight, Chris began his career in New Hampshire. He later completed his MFA at Montana State University here in Bozeman, Montana. He fell in love with the mountains and skiing here and can often be found enjoying the outdoors. During his time at the Gem Gallery he has also studied with Blaine Lewis of the New Approach School for Jewelers.